A new building just inside the Arctic Circle is promising to be the world’s first energy-positive hotel.
Designed by international architecture firm Snøhetta, Svart in Norway will produce more renewable energy than it uses.
It will feature 4800 square metres of solar panels on its roof and the building will sit on stilts, a nod to local coastal building traditions.
It will have a 360-degree view of the Svartisen glacier.
The 360 degree “UFO” design will also allow panoramic views of the nearby Svartisen glacier.
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“Nature in the Arctic is fragile and pristine. We have to respect the natural beauty of the site and not ruin what makes Svartisen an attraction in the first place,” Zenul Khan, Snøhetta’s Svart project manager, told CNN.
Svart will be located just above the Arctic Circle.
“By creating such a sustainable building, we aim to encourage a more sustainable approach to tourism by making people conscious about the way we experience exotic locations.”
The building will be made of locally sourced materials such as stone and wood, cutting down on the construction carbon footprint.
A host of other initiatives include shaded terraces instead of air conditioning during the summer, and geothermal wells for winter heating.
The hotel is due to open in 2021.
“What is truly special about the hotel is its 360-degree views. No view from the hotel is dull: you see the fjord, the mountains, the sky. Each room is, in a way, assigned its own, unique view,” said Khan.
Snøhetta is also the company behind Europe’s first underwater restaurant.
Svart is owned by Arctic Adventure of Norway and real estate company MIRIS and it is hoped to open in 2021.
The majority of Svart will sit on stilts.